Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Zipkin Team: Running Strong from Across the Country

Last year the Zipkin Team helped raise more than $6000 for YAI and Broadview Network's Central Park Challenge, with a significant portion of that going directly to YAI's Centereach Residence, where their loved one, Josh, lives. The Zipkin Team gained support both at home in New York and with more family and friends in Seattle, Washington. They really appreciate the support they have gained and look forward to their fourth year in this event.

YAI's good work was especially helpful this year. After celebrating his eighth year anniversary at Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, Josh began having a hard time at work. After conversations with his house staff and his service coordinator, a telephone call to YAI's Central Office gave the family hope that theycould get him restarted on the right foot at AR & E.

"Within a week YAI had hooked us up to their job training and job coaching programs. On Tuesday, April 13, Josh began their Job Club with a personal job coach."

Josh's friends and family "feel strongly about the important role YAI plays and... are very impressed by the warmth and dedication of the staff we've met. This is a way to show our support." That is what YAI means to us, and what it means when they say "we will always be there for you."

The Zipkins were very excited that Josh's brother David, his wife Abby and their friends joined them across 3,000 miles by doing the first ever Seattle walk/run for YAI. They were joined by 21 friends and babies to raise money for the Zipkin Team!

"Each year since Josh moved into the YAI house in Centerreach, my family has walked the CPC with a team," said David. "And each year Abby and I call my mom or dad and speak to the Zipkin Team as they walk through Central Park.  I can always hear their excitement and it's always bittersweet that we can't be there.  This year, we decided the next best thing to being there was to have our own event.  Abby and I feel strongly about the important role YAI plays and we are very impressed by the warmth and dedication of the staff we've met.  This is a way to show our support."
This year, the Zipkin Team is working hard to raise money in order to combat many proposed state and federal budget cuts. They know that every penny raised will help YAI to continue providing excellent services to Josh and 20,000 other people with developmental and learning disabilities.

It's not too late to support the Zipkin Team's efforts! Support them with a donation today!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I liked the shirts that everyone recieved. The designing of the words looked cool.

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